Taylor Swift And politics has not always been mixed.
In fact, they have never done it. In the 12 years since he released his debut album, namesake, which established his career in a superstar career, he remained an apolitical figure intentionally. It had been a cunning move, one that served him well. After all, you can not take half of the country away if you keep your mouth shut.
Not even the controversial 2016 presidential election, a time when all of his contemporaries were making their voices heard and faced severe criticism from almost everyone for not joining, could make the "delicate" singer take a position in a way other . Instead, we simply got a picture of her online at her polling place on Election Day, with a caption that simply implored people to exercise their civic duty and vote. If Taylor had a strong feeling one way or another about Donald Trump or Hillary ClintonAnd it's logical that, like everyone else, he probably did, he did not share them with the rest of us.
But that was then and this is now. And paraphrasing a line from the singer's single "Look what you made me do," old Taylor can not answer the phone now. Why? Because she's fed up.
In a seemingly innocuous Instagram post on Sunday, seriously, if you did not look at the legend, you could simply scroll through Taylor's Polariod, simply in black and white, looking directly at the camera, she took the world to her first big hit. information about where your head is, politically, issuing a passionate plea for voters who have earned the right since 2016 to make sure they are registered for next month's midterm exams and explain why they will not, can not support Marsha Blackburn, a Republican member of the House of Representatives who is running for a seat in the Senate.
"I've always cast and cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for human rights that I think we all deserve in this country," Taylor said. "I believe in the struggle for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is INCORRECT, I think the systemic racism that we still see in this country towards people of color is frightening, disgusting and prevalent. I can not vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for the dignity of ALL Americans, regardless of the color of their skin, the gender or who they love. "
Throwing his support behind the Democratic opponent of Blackburn, Phil Dresden, in addition to backing a Democratic candidate for the House of Representatives, Taylor explained that, despite his desire to support the women who are running for office, it was Blackburn's voting record, one that "surprises and terrifies" to the singer, which made her impossible to support. .
"She voted against equal pay for women, and she voted against the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, which tries to protect women from domestic violence, harassment and dating violations. that companies have the right to refuse service to homosexual couples, and also believe that they should not have the right to marry, "he wrote. "These are not my Tennessee values."
The reaction to the position has been decidedly divided, which is expected considering the state of, well, everything in the United States at this time. Those on the left have welcomed the resistance, while the right has issued its old "Shut up and sing" replica, which is ironic considering its full throat hug. Kanye West And his hat MAGA, but we deviate. In a standout cheep, former governor Mike Huckabee He graciously allowed Taylor "the right to be a politician," but declared that it would have no impact on the Blackburn Senate race "unless we allow 13-year-old girls to vote." It seems a serious underestimate of Taylor's impact and reach, but you do, Mike.
Of course, the question remains: Why now? What was it that motivated Taylor to break protocol and stand up? The easy answer to that question, it seems, would be a matter of time. As noted at the end of the publication, October 9 is the last day for citizens of their home state to register to vote in time for the November partial exams. And you can not encourage your fans to vote, or expect to influence the way they vote, if they missed that important deadline.
But, as Taylor herself alludes to in her publication, there is something more than that. "In the past, I have been reluctant to publicly express my political opinions," he admitted, "but due to various events in my life and in the world over the past two years, I now feel very different about it."
So, what were those events? The obvious answer seems to be his assault and his drum suit counterbalanced against a disgraced radio DJ. David mueller, who had been fired from his job after he fumbled for her in 2013 and had the audacity to sue her and her mother Andrea for ruining her career, looking for millions in damages. The trial ended a little over a year ago, and the jury awarded Taylor a $ 1 symbolic and the singer dedicated herself to helping those who could not fight in court as easily as she had.
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"I recognize the privilege of the one who benefits me in life, in society and in my ability to assume the enormous cost of defending myself in a trial like this, and my hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard," he said in an interview. . Statement released to E! News immediately after his victory. "Therefore, I will make donations in the near future to several organizations that help victims of sexual assault to defend themselves."
And when he told a crowd of fans during a stopover on his reputation tour held on the first anniversary of the victory, his thoughts remained with all those victims who had not been believed. "I only think of all the people who did not believe and who were not believed, or people who are afraid to speak because they think they will not be believed," he told his audience. "And I just wanted to say I'm sorry to anyone who has not been believed because I do not know what change my life would have given if people did not believe me when I said something had happened to me." So I guess I just wanted to say that we have a lot, a lot , a long way to go, and I am very grateful to you for being there for me during what was a really horrible part of my life. "
And so that Taylor's first political statement arrives a day later. Brett Kavanaugh, a man accused of two sexual assaults committed by women that much of the country and half of the Senate chose not to believe, was confirmed before the Supreme Court in a hurried process by the same party that he now defends. That feels like a mere coincidence.
"Enormous congratulations to the person who finally convinced Taylor Swift to take the right side of the story," writer. Kara Brown tweeted, which prompted a quote tweet from the music video contributor and close friend of Taylor Jose kahn, who made it clear who deserves the congratulations.
"She herself" wrote.
Just as Taylor never gave in under the pressure of those who clamored for his political opinion in recent years, there is little reason to believe that he will be cowed by those who now demand that they be silent, the curse of the right is doomed. She has always had a voice. And no matter what I'm saying, it's good to see her finally using it.
Welcome to the world of political activism, taylor. He has been waiting for you.